How wellness influencers are fueling the anti-vaccine movement

When the coronavirus vaccines started becoming available and millions of people turned to the Internet to find out more information, many found answers in the wellness groups and networks of influencers that were already a daily part of their social media diet.

And while large accounts specifically known for spreading anti-vaccine messages can be identified and taken down, it’s harder for TikTok, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook (which owns Instagram) to police tens of thousands of smaller accounts that might mix in one or two anti-vaccine messages among their normal wellness posts.

Source: How wellness influencers are fueling the anti-vaccine movement

    Behavioural nudges increase COVID-19 vaccinations

    Enhancing vaccine uptake is a critical public health challenge. Overcoming vaccine hesitancy and failure to follow through on vaccination intentions requires effective communication strategies. Here we present two sequential randomized controlled trials to test the effect of behavioural interventions on the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines.

    Source: Behavioural nudges increase COVID-19 vaccinations

      COVID-19 outbreak and healthcare worker behavioural change toward hand hygiene practices

      This study used an automated hand hygiene recording system to measure HCW hand hygiene on entry to and exit from patient rooms throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The correlation between hand hygiene compliance and COVID-19 epidemiological data was analysed. Analysis of variance was performed to compare compliance rate during the different periods of the epidemic.

      Source: COVID-19 outbreak and healthcare worker behavioural change toward hand hygiene practices

        Change in Anti-COVID-19 Behavior and Prejudice against Minorities during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Longitudinal Evidence from Five European Countries

        In a three-wave longitudinal study in five European countries from April to October 2020, the authors employed a latent change score model to distinguish between intra- and inter-individual changes in anti-COVID-19 behavior and prejudice.

        Source: Change in Anti-COVID-19 Behavior and Prejudice against Minorities during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Longitudinal Evidence from Five European Countries

          Sustained behavior change is key to preventing and tackling future pandemics

          Investment in research and programs to discover and apply the principles that underpin sustained behavior change is needed to address the continuing threat from COVID-19 and future pandemics and will require collaboration among behavioral, social, biomedical, public-health and clinical scientists.

          Source: Sustained behavior change is key to preventing and tackling future pandemics

            Community acceptance of COVID-19 and demystifying stigma in a severely affected population in Ghana

            The authors of this study conducted a cross-sectional study to assess stigma among the Tema community, then identified and implemented interventions to demystify COVID-19 stigma. They interviewed positive cases, their contacts, contact tracers, case management team members, and community members who shared their first hand experiences and knowledge on the current pandemic.

            Source: Community acceptance of COVID-19 and demystifying stigma in a severely affected population in Ghana

              Integrating Gender into the COVID-19 Vaccine Response: A Technical Brief

              Many gender-related barriers impact immunization services, including access to, and uptake of, COVID- 19 vaccination. These barriers can include social norms; access to education; ability to make decisions and control resources; health provider attitudes, biases, and preferences; inequitable policies, laws, and regulations; and governance and stakeholder engagement. Failure to address these factors will impede achieving widespread vaccine uptake and greater community protection.

              This technical brief focuses on recommendations to integrate gender perspectives in COVID-19 vaccine promotion efforts as part of the overall risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) response.

              This technical brief is also available in French and Spanish.

              Source: Integrating Gender into the COVID-19 Vaccine Response: A Technical Brief

                Raising faith in COVID-19 vaccines in Lesotho

                A rapid survey, conducted in July by the World Health Organization (WHO) the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners covering five of Lesotho’s 10 districts showed conspiracy theories may be driving up fear, confusion and reluctance to get vaccinated in this highly religious society.

                With support from WHO and the Christian Council of Lesotho, the Ministry of Health is training religious leaders to spread life-saving facts on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines.

                Source: Raising faith in COVID-19 vaccines in Lesotho

                  Integración del Género en la Respuesta a la Vacunación Contra la COVID-19: Informe Técnico

                  Este informe técnico se centra en las recomendaciones para integrar la perspectiva de género en los esfuerzos de promoción de la vacunación contra la COVID-19 como parte de la respuesta general de comunicación de riesgos y participación comunitaria (CRPC).

                  Este informe técnico también está disponible en Inglés y Francés.

                  Source: Integración del Género en la Respuesta a la Vacunación Contra la COVID-19: Informe Técnico

                    Intégration du Genre Dans La Réponse Vaccinale au COVID-19 : Dossier Technique

                    Ce dossier technique porte sur les recommandations visant à intégrer la dimension de genre dans les efforts de promotion du vaccin contre le COVID-19, dans le cadre de la réponse globale de communication des risques et d’engagement communautaire (CREC).

                    Cette dossier technique est également disponible en anglais et en espagnol.

                    Source: Intégration du Genre Dans La Réponse Vaccinale au COVID-19 : Dossier Technique